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Vegetables in season in January in New York

New Year's Resolutions start now.

And if you're planning to eat better, it's time to start meal planning.

January can be a rough time for produce on the East Coast, but GrowNYC has a helpful guide to what's in season for the first month of the year.

Keep your eyes and mouth open for these veggies at the Greenmarket and other area farmers' markets.

Beets

Available pretty much year-round, beets bring some color
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Available pretty much year-round, beets bring some color to an otherwise brown-hued January greenmarket haul. Bon Appetit has a collection of 31 beet recipes to keep you cooking beets all month long!

Cabbage

Get ready for homemade kimchi, cole slaw and
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Get ready for homemade kimchi, cole slaw and more this month! If the cabbage classics don't do it for you, spice it up in this Smoky Napa Cabbage Stir Fry recipe from Lucky Peach.

Onions

Used as aromatics in pretty much every savory
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Used as aromatics in pretty much every savory recipe, you'll find plenty to do with onions this month. Try one of Saveur's 50 onion recipes to make the most of your onion hall.

Carrots

Carrots were all over trendy menus in 2015.
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Carrots were all over trendy menus in 2015. Roasted, broiled, dehydrated, pickled... even the greens made it on plates at some of the city's most coveted kitchens. Try NYC chef Jesse Schenker's roasted carrots recipe.

Parsnips

Craving parsnips? Don't worry, no one else is
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Craving parsnips? Don't worry, no one else is either. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy them! Try making this parsnip bacon recipe for a clever vegan twist on everyone's favorite cured meat.

Potatoes

Greenmarkets are pretty much swarming with potatoes all
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Greenmarkets are pretty much swarming with potatoes all winter! If your holiday mashed potatoes filled your starch quota, consider making Yotam Ottolenghi's one-pot chicken with potatoes, prunes and pomegranate molasses.

Winter squashes

Kabocha, butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti are just
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Kabocha, butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti are just a few varieties of squash you'll find to ring in the new year. Try Cooking Light's selection of winter squash recipes for lightened-up meals like spaghetti squash with tomato basil sauce.

Turnips

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"Mmm, turnips" -- you, soon! Turn up your love for turnips this season in both main courses and side dishes. Low in calories and fat and high in fiber in Vitamin C, these starchy vegetables are sound substitutes for your favorite carb. If you need inspiration, turn to these quick turnip recipes from Real Simple.

Apples

Apples are pretty much always in season and
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Apples are pretty much always in season and available in NYC! Try making your own cider, baking apple tartes and crisps and eating as many whole apples as you can handle. Food Network has your winter apple bucket list, i.e. "50 Things to Make with Apples".

Pears

That partridge in a pear tree will carry
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That partridge in a pear tree will carry you through January with pears being one of the few fresh, local fruits you can find. Serious Eats has a collection of pear recipes for every meal, plus drinks!

Shell Beans

Beans in a shell stored from an earlier
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Beans in a shell stored from an earlier harvest make for hearty, fresh produce in January. Think lima, barlotti, soy, broad and other heirloom varieties found at the market. Try them in soups and stews, like in the New York TImes' Shell Bean Ragout recipe.

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